Attractive DAC with a decent range of connections, at a reasonable price
Rich, detailed midrange
impressively sophisticated sound
Not for fans of pumping beats and basslines
This little DAC from Musical Fidelity might look a tad ‘functional', but it's fairly well built and has a decent range of connections.
There are inputs for coaxial and optical digital sources, and a square Type B USB input – so make sure you have the correct cable.
In performance, the V-DAC proves itself, on the whole, to be true to its maker's sonic style: despite the reasonable price tag it offers a rich, detailed midrange, with lots of instrumental and vocal colour.
If anything, this richness could get a bit much at times – especially as it means a degree of compromise when it comes to rhythmic precision. Fans of pumping beats and propulsive basslines will find something better for the money elsewhere.
That said, the V-DAC is an attractive product for a very reasonable price, and renders an impressively dense and sophisticated musical picture for such a cheap upgrade.
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It only loses a fifth star because there are better all-rounders in its price class.